Serbian tactician and former Uganda cranes Head Coach Multin “Micho” Sredojevic and his side Zambia registered their first win of the CHAN 2021 tournament with a 2-0 victory over Tanzania in the Group D opening match at Limbe Stadium.
Tanzania looked a better side over Zambia with all the attacks going in their favor but they failed to capitalize on the few chances they got in the first half.
Micho made an early substitution at the start of the second half introducing Spencer Sautu for worn-out Golden Mufwenta.
Tanzania also introduced on Deus Kaseke for Denis Kikoti three minutes into the second half.
Zambia was awarded a penalty in the 62nd minute after Shomari kapombe handled the ball inside the forbidden area.
Collins sikombe stepped up and converted the resulting penalty-kick beautifully to put the Chipolopolo into the lead in the 63rd minute.
The Taifa Stars made another change to try to make things better, introducing Yusufu Mhiru on for Faridi Mussa in the 65th minute.
The Chipolopolos also made a tactical substitution introducing Amity shamende for Kelvin kampamba 67th to try to keep the game in their favor.
Omaley Adam also replaced Ayub Lyanga who was stretched off after sustaining a hamstring.
Sikombe missed the opportunity to increase the goal tally for Zambia when he failed to tap into an empty net from a rebound ball in the 75th minute.
The Taifa Stars almost brought the game to levels in the 76th minute but Omaley Adam’s chip-shot went wide.
Emmanuel Chabula sealed the victory for the Chipolopolo in the 80th minute when he beautifully taped in Collins Sikombe’s cross past Tanzania’s custodian Aish Manula.
The win takes Zambia top of Group D and will return to action on January 23rd against Guinea at the Limbe Stadium.
While the losers, Tanzania will hope to rejuvenate themselves when they verse Namibia at the same Stadium on the same day